This week’s Out-of-Touch guide discusses possible non-kidnapping, singing heads emerging from toilets, and individuals consuming borax for their health. Make yourself a girl’s supper and settle in.
The Skibidi Toilet series is this week’s viral video.
The most popular videos on YouTube are a series of surreal animated shorts titled “Skibidi Toilet,” in which menacing heads with rictus-grin faces emerge from toilets. YouTuber DaFuqBoom created Skibidi Toilet and animated it using the Source Engine from the Half-Life video games. The first episode of Skibidi Commode is a clip of a head in a commode that appears menacingly “dancing” and singing the Turkish song “Tummy Dancer” by Yasin Cengiz.
Instead of being a marginally amusing, quickly forgotten weirdo internet video, Skibidi Toilet quickly evolved into a continuing series with over fifty episodes depicting the bizarre story of an army of singing toilet monsters engaged in combat with a variety of armed foes.
People adore them because they are half humorous and half frightening, make no literal or any kind of logic, and make no sense whatsoever.
Skibidi Toilet videos have surpassed 100 million views on YouTube alone, with fans demanding a live-action adaptation and DaFuqBoom receiving both an Academy Award and a Country Music Award. Start with these videos if you wish to enter the Skibidi universe. Then provide feedback that makes sense.
What exactly is a “Girl dinner,” and why should anyone care?
The most recent culinary trend on TikTok is the “girl dinner,” which consists of a variety of small foods consumed in the evening. You may recognize it as a nibble or a light meal. Bread and cheese, peanut butter cups and kombucha, or an entire platter of exotic treats were among the first examples of the trend. However, it eventually took off and became a trend. And got strange.
People began uploading girl meals that resembled “eating disorder dinners,” such as a single can of corn or a glass of ice. But perhaps they were posting in jest. Then, young males began posting pictures of their “boy dinners.
Then, there was widespread alarm over girl banquets. Should they not be more symmetrical? Do they promote dietary disorders? Perhaps it would be beneficial to consume calorie-dense meals earlier in the day. But perhaps we should consume a substantial dinner instead.
The only intriguing aspect of Lady Dinner is how it became a phenomenon in the first place. Everyone (including myself, I suppose) appears to feel the need to evaluate and police the decisions young women make, right down to what they consume for dinner.
Concern for eating disorders is understandable, but the “concern” that some people have about obesity appears to be a thinly veiled hatred of obese people.
Thankfully, Popeye’s introduced a “girl dinner menu” today, signifying the corporate commodification that eventually kills every trend. (Prevent Mr. Clean from using the Skibidi toilet!)
The peculiar tale of Carlee Russell
This week, Carlee Russell experienced an unknown occurrence. On July 13, a 25-year-old nurse called 911 to report a toddler wandering along an Alabama highway. When the police arrived, there was no trace of a child, but they did discover Carlee’s empty vehicle. The quest was initiated, and prizes were offered. Carlee arrived at her parent’s house with a minor lip injury two days later.
She stated that she had exited her vehicle, evidently searching for the child, when a couple emerged from the woods and grabbed her. They allegedly placed her in a vehicle, blindfolded her, and drove her to a nearby residence, where they took photos of her in her undress. The following day, she was able to escape. Carlee claims she heard a child at the house, indicating that the couple had been using the toddler as bait.
Yesterday, Alabama police chief Nick Derzis stated at a press conference that investigators were unable to corroborate Russell’s account. Authorities pointed to searches on her phone, some from hours prior to the incident, for terms such as “The movie Taken” and “Do you have to pay for an Amber Alert?” and strongly implied that they know the truth and will disclose more information later.
However, the chances are currently up in the air. It’s unlikely, but not impossible, that Russell is telling the truth and that incompetent human traffickers actually kidnapped her. Or perhaps she made the whole thing up. Nevertheless, why? She was possibly abducted by an extraterrestrial.
Do not consume borax, even if you see someone on TikTok doing so.
This week, TikToker Chemthug has made it his mission to issue a simple warning to the human race: Do not consume borax. “Don’t eat sh*t out of the f*cking laundry box, people,” chemthug says in a video after highlighting clips of TikTokers reporting they’re “on the Borax” train and consuming the substance for its purported health benefits.
We should not require a chemist to inform us that Chemthug is a Ph.D. candidate in synthetic organic chemistry. Boron occurs naturally in some foods and is harmless for consumption.
Borax is, as the proponents of alternative medicine claim, a “naturally occurring compound,” but so are cyanide and asbestos. National Institute of Health research indicates that excessive consumption of borax can result in “irritation of the skin and respiratory tract” as well as “nausea, persistent vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, erythematous and exfoliative rash, unconsciousness, depression, and renal failure.”
Despite widespread media warnings against the trend, it remains uncertain whether anyone is actually following it. You probably never considered consuming borax before reading this, correct? But I’m betting you’re thinking about it right now.
Why do TikTokers claim to be podcasters?
I’ve seen innumerable Instagram and TikTok videos of podcast guests staring slightly off-camera and speaking into microphones about nonsense. But I’ve never questioned whether these individuals are genuinely podcasters. Hosting or appearing as a guest on a podcast is not exactly difficult, right? However, there is frequently no podcast.
Because appearing as if your footage is from a podcast conveys a sense of authority and presumably leads to more views, the fake podcast has become a distinct subgenre on short video sites. If you require a visual illustration, please refer to Justin Whang’s demonstration below.
There are countless examples once you start looking for them, but the most notable is probably the NSFW Instagram/only fans model Vicky Banxx’s fake podcast appearance, which went mildly viral, and fitness hack Vshred upping the ante by pretending to be a guest on a specific (real) podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience.
Once you realize that there is no one else immediately off-camera and that the alleged guest is not part of a larger group, there is something both poignant and humorous about these segments. Someone desperate for attention and legitimacy has resorted to deception in order to obtain more of it. Aw.